Sky Bet have now put Newcastle as the favorites to sign Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva at 7/2.
Lucas is the longest-serving player of the current LIverpool side, with Rafa Benitez having signed him from Brazilian club Gremio in July, 2007 for £5M.
We have been linked with Lucas for a while now with Rafa Benitez looking to bring some Premier League experience into the squad for the upcoming season.
30 year-old Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva
Lucas has turned out to be an excellent player for the Reds and has played a massive 346 times for the club with 7 goals and 21 assists,
And the player is still only 30 and played 31 times last season with one goal and played at center-back in quite a few of those games for Jurgen Klopp.
Here’s the current voting on SkyBet with Lucas maybe moving back to his former club Gremio, but surely he could do a good job for Newcastle over the next three years?
The news earlier this summer was that Jurgen Klopp wanted him to stay at the club, probably because of his ability to read a game, play in a number of different positions and of course his massive experience.
It looks like Lucas has one year left on his contract at Liverpool, although some well respected outlets such as www.transfermarkt.com list his contract as being up at the end of this month and he would then become a free agent.
But it could well be the case, as a reward for his great service at the club, even if his contract has one year left to run that Liverpool will release him as a free agent this summer, so he could get a decent deal at his next club.
We’d love that next club to be Newcastle and have Rafa Benitez go out and sign this player.
What do you think?